tall oil


ˈtäl- How to pronounce tall oil (audio)
: a resinous by-product from the manufacture of chemical wood pulp used especially in making soaps, coatings, and oils

Word History


partial translation of German Tallöl, partial translation of Swedish tallolja, from tall pine + olja oil

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tall oil was in 1909

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“Tall oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tall%20oil. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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